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Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Queensland Heeler or Labrador or Alsatian? Find the right dog for you

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Name Australian Cattle Dog Labrador Retriever German Shepherd
OriginsAustralia England Canada Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank5612
Reviews4311
User Ratings

Other Names Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall39;s Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler Labrador, Lab Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1980 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
Price $500-$700 $1000-$2000 $800-$2000

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd General Appearance Comparison

Size Medium Large Large
Weight 30-62 pounds (13-28 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 46 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Fuzzy
Colors Blue
Speckled
Red
Mottled
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Australian Cattle Dogs shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Aggressive
Energetic
Loyal
Responsive
Alert
Intelligent
Protective
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Cattle Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Cattle Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Australian Cattle Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Australian Cattle Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Cattle Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Cattle Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Australian Cattle Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Australian Cattle Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Australian Cattle Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Cattle Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Australian Cattle Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs German Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 1-7 puppies, average 5 5-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

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